It seems these days there are a million and one ways to share online. We not only have the wide network of everyone’s individual blogs, but we also have general arenas like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Flickr and sewing-focused sites like Pattern Review, BurdaStyle, Kollabora, Stitcher’s Guild at Artisan Square, The Cutter and Tailor, The Sewcial, CONNECTEDthreadz, and My Sewing Circle. The list just seems to go on and on. And, to be open and honest, I find it all a bit overwhelming. But, I can’t help but try to figure out a way to make at least some of it work for me since I just love connecting with people and being a part of this awesome community.
So, let me start by first asking all of you – how do you enjoy sharing online? Are you just a blog person, or do you venture into these other worlds?
For those of you who fall into the Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest camp, how do you fit these sites into you daily routine? I love the idea of all three and think they can really help to bring the wonderful online sewing community even closer together. So, I’ve been trying with mixed success (success here being defined as my level of consistency, not any of the other many metrics one might think of to define social media success) to use all three. With Twitter and Instagram I’ve found it easiest to use my phone to check in every now and then when I have a free moment. I’m starting to feel more confident on Twitter, but I’m still standing in the shallow end afraid to get my hair wet with Instagram. As for Pinterest, I use the site mostly through my computer. I have their little “Pin It” button in my bookmark bar, and I try to remember to pin things that I find inspiring whenever I’m lost in the wide wild world that is the Internets. And, I have to admit that I just love having an easy to access visual space for all of my saved tutorials and sewing inspiration. But, are there easier ways that you incorporate these sites into your day-to-day?
One of my big questions with all three sites is what’s with all the hashtags? Can you put a hashtag in front of anything, or is there some set of rules about what should be hashtagged? Right now, to me, it all feels a bit like this skit from Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon:
On Pinterest I do know to tag anything I pin that was made with fabric from Mood with #moodfabrics and that was made with help from a Craftsy class with #CraftsyPhoto, but that’s because those entities told me those rules, and good things may come from following them. As to almost all other hashtags – no clue. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
What about Facebook and Flickr? I am terrible at using my own personal Facebook account (Facebook doesn’t even know I’m pregnant, though it does know about my most recent weekend get aways), so I haven’t even thought about setting up one for my blog. Are blog Facebook accounts helpful? As for Flickr, I mostly use it to participate in Sew-Alongs and share indie pattern company makes and such. Are there uses for Flickr that I’m missing out on?
As for the sewing-focused sites… I wish there were only one, sort of like how I see Ravelry for the knitting world (though I could have the knitting world all wrong since I’m still mostly on the outside looking in!). Pattern Review seems like a great idea for a site, but it’s just not shiny or easy for me to figure out how to connect with others. I know from going to this year’s Pattern Review Weekend that people are really connected on that site – but how? On my list of to-dos is to start adding more of my own pattern reviews to the site, but somehow that particular task never makes it to the top of the list. I used to be really good about participating in BurdaStyle, and I recently made a big push to get a healthy Kollabora account going, but all the time it takes to stay active in so many sites really starts to add up! Then there are also awesome sites like Stitcher’s Guild that host collective sewing challenges like SWAPs and have an enormous wealth of knowledge amongst their active members. And the list goes on and on…
What do you think – should one focus on one particular sewing site, flitter about hitting them all, or figure out how to target each of them for their strengths?
Speak up as I’m very curious! And, if you’re looking to build your own networks on any of these sites, please say hello! You can find me here…